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Telecommunications Engineering Technology MS
The telecommunications industry has driven technological innovation and provided outstanding career opportunities for people with the right technical and leadership skills. New services offered through the Internet, mobility offered by wireless technology, and extreme capacity offered by fiber optics, as well as the evolution of policy and regulation, are shaping the telecommunication network of the future. RIT offers a unique program focused on telecommunications that develops the advanced level of skill and knowledge needed by future leaders in the industry.
The master of science in telecommunications engineering technology is designed for individuals who seek advancement into managerial roles in a dynamic telecommunications environment.
The program requires 33 semester credit hours of study and includes eight core courses that introduce essential fundamental concepts and skills. Each student is required to complete either a capstone project or a master’s thesis. The remaining credits consist of technical electives or other approved graduate courses.
Telecommunications engineering technology, MS degree, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|TCET-710||Principles of Telecommunication||3|
|TCET-730||Telecommunications Policy and Issues||3|
|TCET-750||Wireless Infrastructure and Policy||3|
|TCET-670||Applied Research Methods||3|
|TCET-740||Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology||3|
|TCET-760||Network Planning and Design||3|
|TCET-680||Graduate Writing Strategies||3|
|Choose one of the following:|
|TCET-795 Comprehensive exam||0|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||36|
* The Graduate Project (TCET-797) option requires students to complete three(3) shrs of departmentalelective; The Comprehensive Exam option requires students to complete six (6) shrs of departmental electives.
A limited number of credit hours may be transferred from an accredited institution to this program. Please consult the department chair for more information.
Other approved electives
All students may take up to three semester credit hour of graduate electives from other graduate programs subject to the approval of the graduate program director. Students often choose to include a course from the Saunders College of Business, the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, or Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The number of elective credits depends on whether students choose to complete a thesis, project, or comprehensive exam.
Comprehensive exam/project/thesis Options
All students must complete a thesis, a capstone project, or a comprehensive exam and suitable electives for each option to complete the degree program. In conferring with their academic adviser, students may propose a thesis or capstone project topic that complements the candidate’s undergraduate training, career experiences, and graduate interests. The faculty will grant a limited number of proposals based upon student qualification and suitability of topic. Both the thesis and capstone project are formal documents that reflect the candidate’s professional preparation and should be of an applied research genre.
The comprehensive exam focuses on knowledge of the core competencies, theory and foundation principles, and application of this knowledge to a variety of scenarios
Research and cooperative education
Students in the program have the opportunity to apply for research projects or a cooperative education experience. While not a requirement of the program, these opportunities increase the value of the program and the marketability of its graduates.
To be considered for admission to the MS program in telecommunications engineering technology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree in engineering technology, engineering, or a related degree from an accredited institution,
- Submit two professional recommendations,
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B),
- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
- Complete a graduate application.
- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88-89 (Internet-based) are required. Applicants with a lower TOEFL score may be admitted conditionally and may be required to take a prescribed program in English and a reduced program course load. International applicants from universities outside the United States must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
While GRE scores are not required for applicants submitting transcripts from American universities, they are recommended for those whose undergraduate grade-point average is below 3.0.
Career OutcomesRecent Employers
Aircom International, American Fiber Systems, Boeing, Cingular Wireless, Cisco Systems, Current Communications Services, Dialogic (an Intel Company), ECC Technologies, Eli Research, Fibertech Networks, Frontier Telephone, Genencor, General Dynamics, Harris Corporation, IBM, Inter-Tel Technologies, Lockheed Martin, MCI, Motorola, NMS Communications, Nextel Partners, NORTEL, OneStream Networks, Ostrow Electric, PaeTec Communications, Paychex Inc., PICS Telecom, Quick Eagle Networks, Redcom Lab, Sentel, T Mobil, Verizon Wireless.